Dozens of families and area students stood up against hunger last week by playing pickup games of basketball and floor hockey and getting their faces painted.
Park High School International Baccalaureate students Iris Burbank and Elliot Mohler organized this year’s Fight Against Hunger carnival which aimed to raise money and food for the Friends in Need Food Shelf in St. Paul Park. The event, the seniors said, is their culminating project for IB program’s Creative, Action, Service (CAS) class.
“This is the second year the IB program has put on this fundraiser and it’s a great event that raises awareness for the food shelf,” Burbank said.
Event-goers had free rein of the high school’s activity center and played basketball, floor hockey, jumped in a bounce house, tossed balls at metal cans and got their face painted.
Woodbury resident Jon Staiger said he brought his family, including his 6-year-old daughter Ella who got her face painted, because it was a worthy cause.
“It sounded like a fun, family-friendly event and it promotes the food shelf,” he said.
As an IB student, Mohler said organizing fundraisers and awareness events like the Fight Against Hunger carnival isn’t just a class project, but it also allows him to volunteer in his community.
“It’s a cool social circle to be in and we all push each other,” Mohler said about being in the school’s IB program. “It helps prepare us for college and being in CAS allows us to give back to our community.”
A silent auction was also part of the event and bidders put their name in for a variety of prizes including Jimmy John’s coupons, kitchen supplies and a Market Chef Pantry gift set.
All of the proceeds from the event were donated to Friends in Need Food Shelf.